Learning from Betsy Lerner

Betsy Lerner’s writing is immediate sort of like reading Hubert Selby Jr.’s Last Exit to Brooklyn. You should check out her blog!

Here she is on a C-Span Memoirs panel

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I love the images of this Basquiat ‘tagged’ leather coat that went up for sale at Swann Galleries in 2015.

Betsy Lerner

I’ve never believed in “best of” lists until now. Congratulations to George Hodgman and Patti Smith. Thank you Maureen Corrigan of NPR. Fucking A.
Bettyville

Bettyville: A Memoir

by George Hodgman

Hardcover, 278 pages

In Bettyville, George Hodgman, who had a major career in editing and publishing in New York City, writes of moving home to Paris, Missouri to care for his elderly mother, Betty, who’s never acknowledged that her son is gay. In the opening scene, Hodgman is roused by a fretful Betty in the middle of the night: “[h]ere she is, all ninety years of her, curlers in disarray, … peeking into our guest room where I have been mostly not sleeping. It is the last place in America with shag carpet. In it, I have discovered what I believe to be a toenail from high school.” Like Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

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